Linking youth ministry education with real world youth ministry resources and training.

Youth Specialties and Zondervan are partnering with colleges and seminaries committed to youth ministry. We're dedicated to helping you teach those who've been called into the ministry of working with youth. That's why we've developed the YS Academic Support Network, or YSASN. It's a free program for accredited schools offering youth ministry as a major or minor. See the benefits and requirements below. If you qualify, click the "Apply Now!" link at the bottom of the page to fill out our online application.


The Benefits


For the professor:

  • One free copy of all new Youth Specialties book releases
  • A steep discount to all Youth Specialties events:
    • National Youth Workers Convention:
      • Student Pricing: Students attend for $149-$169 (depending on when you register) as part of your program! The earlier you register, the more you save.  And you can lock in the lowest rate by registering with a non-refundable $50 deposit. 
      • Professor Pricing: With at least 5 paid students, 1 professor comes FREE!  With 15 students, 2 FREE professor registrations and groups of 25 or more students have 3 FREE professor registrations. Additional professors can register at the above Student Rates.
      • Pizza Dinner: Bring your students to enjoy a FREE pizza dinner and meet Mark Matlock and other speakers while getting to know other youth ministry students!
      • Professor's Braekfast: Join us for breakfast on Sunday morning!  This breakfast offers you a yummy start to the last day of the Convention and a chance to connect with your academic colleagues.
    • To find out YSASN pricing for our other events feel free to get in touch with us.
  • A 50% discount on all Zondervan titles (limited to a quantity of one per ISBN).
  • A free academic newsletter and other resources

Benefits for the students majoring or minoring in youth ministry:

  • A steep discount to all Youth Specialties events (see prof section above).


Institutional Membership Requirements


  • This program is limited to schools within Central and North America
  • To become a member, you must be a professor

School requirements:

  • Must offer a major or minor in Youth Ministry
  • Must be North American accredited
  • Must indicate your program's relationship with this program on the Youth Ministry section of your school Web site
  • Must link to the Youth Specialties Web site




Apply Now!